Has this ever happened to you? A campaign doesn’t go well. A grant doesn’t come in. Unexpected expenses pop up. Something goes wrong and throws your whole budget out of whack. It puts your nonprofit between a rock and a hard spot financially, and all eyes look to you to pull a rabbit30
Sometimes you just need to get out of your chair. It’s easy to get into a rut at work. Day in and day out, you work your routine – finishing tasks, making plans, fighting fires. (Sound familiar?) Routine is not exactly a bad thing, but to learn and stretch and grow, you need to educate yourself. Read. Network. Go to conferences. In other words, get out of your chair (and your routine).
There’s only so much you can do on your own. Every great athlete has a coach. Every great business owner I know has a coach or mentor. Success usually comes with help. The nonprofit sector is a strong and vibrant community full of people willing to help each other out. And now more than ever,30
Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. The holiday reminds us that everyone deserves love and attention. That includes donors, too. It’s one of my favorite holidays to spread a little love to my donors. As a Development Director, I used to get kids’ valentines and send them to my best30
I hear it all the time – Where do I find new donors? Is there a list somewhere? Ha ha. Uh, no. There’s no magic pill you can take that will somehow attract rich people to your cause like moths to a flame. That would be cool if it were real.30
The moment that a donor clicks on a “Donate” button or mails in a check is a moment of celebration. And you should celebrate — pop the champagne and pass around the finger food. You deserve it! But a donor’s first gift shouldn’t be your organization’s endgame. It should be the start of a journey:30
Even if you’re not a big Lord of the Rings fan, you still may recognize the key phrase “One ring to rule them all” from the epic movie and book trilogy. But what you might not recognize is this: Hidden in that one line is a simple yet critical key to making this year30
Last week, I shared 10 things you need to do MORE of in 2017 if you want to fully fund your nonprofit’s mission. (Read it here if you missed it.) Today, I have 10 things you need LESS of this year. Why? Sometimes less is more. Cut out the things that30